Growth stage investment firm Highland Europe has announced that Jean Tardy-Joubert, senior advisor, founder and head of the European practice of Qatalyst Partners, since 2009, the technology focused investment bank, has joined the team as an Advisory Partner.
Tardy-Joubert has helped shape the European Technology landscape over the last 25 years, advising on landmark transactions including Matchesfashion.com’s sale to Apax Partners, Skyscanner’s $1.8B sale to CTrip, SwiftKey’s sale to Microsoft, Autonomy’s $11.7B sale to HP, NXP’s demerger from Philips, Genesys’ $1.5B sale to a private equity consortium, Alcatel’s $7B acquisition of Newbridge Networks, the initial public offerings of CSR, Sequans, Virata and Wavecom, and the recent financing of Farfetch.
Prior to joining Qatalyst, he served as head of European Technology Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch, co-head of the European Technology, Media and Telecom group for Credit Suisse, and head of the European Technology Group for Credit Suisse.
Launched in 2012, Highland Europe is exclusively focused on Growth Stage internet, mobile and software businesses. The firm’s origins were as the European operations of Highland Capital Partners, a US venture capital firm.
Highland Europe is based in London and Geneva and its current portfolio includes GetYourGuide, WeTransfer, NewVoiceMedia, Nexthink and Smartly.io, among many others. Most recent liquidity events include the sales of MatchesFashion.com and SocialPoint. Other notable exits from prior funds are Photobox, Privalia and myOptique.